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Zucchini Pasta with Creamy Avocado Sauce

Zucchini Pasta with Creamy Avocado Sauce | findingveggiejoy.com

Zucchini pasta or zucchini noodles serve as the base of this healthy, veggie zucchini loaded pasta dish. Pair with a creamy avocado sauce to keep this pasta light.

Ingredient List:

Produce | Zucchini, Garlic, Avocado, Lemon, Fresh Basil, Asparagus, Cherry Tomatoes

Pantry | Cannellini Beans (or Great Northern), Raw Pumpkin Seeds

Spices & Oils | Fine Sea Salt, Freshly Ground Black Pepper, Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Ingredients

Zucchini Pasta

Avocado Bean Sauce (makes about 1.5 cups)

The Toppings 

Instructions

Zucchini Pasta

Avocado Bean Sauce

  1. In a food processor, add the clove of garlic and process until chopped finely. Next, combine all remaining sauce ingredients and blend until you have a creamy sauce. Scrape down the sides as needed. If the sauce is too thick, thin the mixture by adding one tablespoon of water at a time. Adjust seasonings to taste and add more lemon juice if necessary.

The Toppings

  1. Toast the Pumpkin Seeds: Over medium heat, add pumpkin seeds to an oil-free large skillet. Stirring frequently, toast the seeds for 3-5 minutes or until the seeds start to pop or give off a fragrant smell. Once toasted, transfer to a bowl.
  2. Sauté the Asparagus and Cherry Tomatoes: Reusing the same large skillet, warm 1-2 tablespoon(s) of extra virgin olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the asparagus and sauté for 4-6 minutes. Add the cherry tomatoes to the asparagus and continue cooking for 1-2 minutes or until the asparagus is crisp-tender and tomatoes slightly wilted. (If you prefer the cherry tomatoes raw, total cook time for the asparagus is 5-8 minutes or until bright green and crisp-tender.) Note: reduce cooking time for asparagus that is super thin.

Assemble

  1. Add the sauce to the spiralized zucchini bowl and gently mix until well combined. Or hold the sauce and add last, on top of the final dish. Sauce amount per preference (see note below for storing leftovers). Transfer to wide serving bowls.
  2. On top of the zucchini pasta, layer the sautéd asparagus, cherry tomatoes, toasted pumpkin seeds and reserved beans. Serve immediately.

Notes